Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is a 2019 science fiction action comedy mystery film directed by Rob Letterman, who co-wrote the screenplay with Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Derek Connolly, from a story by Hernandez, Samit, and Nicole Perlman, based on the 2016 video game Detective Pikachu. The film is an American and Japanese joint venture produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, and The Pokémon Company, in association with Toho. It is the first live-action/animated film in the Pokémon franchise, and represents a separate continuity from the mainline video games and anime series. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as the voice and facial motion capture of Detective Pikachu, with Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy in live-action roles.
It is scheduled to be released in RealD 3D and Dolby Cinema on May 10, 2019 by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States, making it the first Pokémon film to be distributed theatrically by Warner Bros. 18 years since Pokémon 3: The Movie in 2001. It's also the first Pokémon film to receive a PG rating by the MPAA.
- This is Warner Bros.' thirteenth live-action/animated hybrid film, after The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Space Jam, Osmosis Jones, Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Happy Feet, Yogi Bear, Happy Feet Two, The Lego Movie, The Lego Ninjago Movie and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
- This is the second live-action movie based on a Nintendo property, the first being the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie distributed by Hollywood Pictures.
- This is another non-WarnerMedia movie distributed by Warner Bros.